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From Antalya: Perge, Side, Aspendos & Waterfalls Guided Tour

1. From Antalya: Perge, Side, Aspendos & Waterfalls Guided Tour

Visit 3 ancient cities in one day with a professional guide, followed by an excursion into nature in Kursunlu Falls National Park. Start your journey into history with a visit to the ancient city of Perge, an impressive archaeological site containing a wealth of ancient ruins, mostly dating back to the Roman period. See the gigantic amphitheater, stadium, Roman gates, city walls, Roman baths, and more. Walk through the 500-meter-long main street with numerous columns, fountains, and the acropolis dating back to the Bronze Age.   Continue on to Aspendos, situated on the banks of the Köprüçay River. Once one of the most important cities in Pamphylia, Aspendos is now a very popular tourist sight famous for the Roman amphitheatre built in 155 AD. The theatre of Aspendos is one of the best-preserved examples of Roman theatre architecture in the world. Walk up its tiered steps and admire the beauty of its galleries, which are still in use today.   After lunch, explore the ancient ruins of Side, which date from the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine eras. Walk through the ancient city to admire its fountains, city walls, agora, amphitheatre, marble columns, and much more. The most spectacular sight is the temple of Apollo, where you can take in stunning views over the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.   On the way back to Antalya, enjoy a relaxing soak after a long day of exploring in the Kursunlu Waterfalls. Enjoy the green environment, fresh air, pine scent, cool atmosphere, and spectacular falls.

From Antalya: Day Trip to Demre, Myra and Kekova Boat Trip

2. From Antalya: Day Trip to Demre, Myra and Kekova Boat Trip

Start with an early morning transfer from your preferred meeting point in Antalya, and a relaxing drive to Demre that takes just under 2.5 hours. Head to Demre harbor where the boat awaits you for the start of your trip to Kekova. Discover the fascinating secrets of Kekova’s history on this unique adventure around Sunken City. Cruise alongside the ruins on board a glass-bottom boat, giving you the chance to capture unforgettable photos. Drop anchor in Kaleköy port for one hour, giving you time to visit this small authentic village that’s home to castle ruins and a necropolis. Hike up the hillside and get magnificent views of the Kekova region. Use your remaining time to take another dip in the gorgeous blue waters. Stop to swim in Gökkaya Bay, where you can experience the area's natural beauty and opt to participate in one of the various exciting water sports on offer. Discover the intriguing naturally-formed Pirates Cave, renowned for its large size and curved entrance. At Karemlik Bay, get the chance to look for 5 out of 8 species of turtles known worldwide in their natural habitat. Drop anchor in Demre port, where your tour continues with a visit to a nearby museum. Discover The Ancient City of Myra, Demre’s most famous archeological site. Observe some of Myra’s most significant ancient ruins dating as far back as the 5th century B.C. Explore the two highlights of this stop: a Roman-style theatre (the largest in Lycia) and eerie rock-cut tombs carved into the cliffs above. Once all destinations have been explored, head back to the bustling city of Antalya, where your tour ends.

Antalya: Demre, Myra, Kekova Sunken City, St. Nicholas Tour

3. Antalya: Demre, Myra, Kekova Sunken City, St. Nicholas Tour

Explore Kekova sunken city, destroyed by an earthquake during the 2nd century. Visit an ancient Greek amphitheater and the rock-cut tombs of the Lycian necropolis in Myra. After a hotel pickup from Antalya region, travel to Demre to visit the best examples of Lycian tombs at Myra Ancient City. According to Strabo, Myra was once a large city, making up one of the most influential parts of the Lycian League in the 1st and 2nd centuries BC. After visiting Myra, head to the Church of St. Nicholas. Admire this ancient East Roman basilica church dedicated to the saint who is otherwise referred to as Santa Claus. Stop for lunch at a restaurant in the center of Demre. After lunch, sail over turquoise waters to the Kekova Island for Kekova sunken city tour. Discover the extraordinary underwater ruins of the sunken city of Simena. Learn the history of the noteworthy Lycian necropolis at Teimiussa. There are opportunities to swim and snorkel, so do not forget your bathing suit and towel.

From Alanya: Full-Day Guided Tour of Demre, Myra and Kekova

4. From Alanya: Full-Day Guided Tour of Demre, Myra and Kekova

Enjoy a full-day tour of the Demre province in Turkey, and explore some of its most beautiful locations with an expert tour guide. Benefit from an included lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off. Following pickup from your hotel or accommodation in Alanya, transfer to the ancient town of Myra on the banks of the River Myros. Visit the ancient Greek amphitheater and see the rock-cut tombs of the Lycian necropolis. Next, stop for a complimentary lunch before sailing over turquoise waters to the picturesque Kekova Island. Discover the underwater ruins of the sunken city of Simena, and visit the noteworthy Lycian necropolis at Teimiussa. Enjoy the crystal clear waters surrounding the island. End your day trip with a visit to the small town of Kale (Demre). There, marvel at the stunning church of St. Nicholas before transferring back to your hotel.

Kalkan: Kekova Sunken City Boat Trip

5. Kalkan: Kekova Sunken City Boat Trip

After being collected from your Kalkan or Kaş accommodation, you will be ready for your full-day boat trip through the crystal-clear Mediterranean waters. Beginning from Ucagız village, you will sail for 1 hour to arrive at the heart of Kekova. Here you will be able to take your first swim break at Tersane Bay, viewing the sunken city ruins through the glass-bottomed boat. You will then have the opportunity to dine on a delicious open buffet lunch at Gokkaya Bay, where guests will have a second chance to swim through the clear water. From there, you will visit the pirate cave and Burc Bay, before eventually stopping at Simena. Once at Simena, you will have the choice to walk up to the castle that boasts magnificent views over the bay. Alternatively, you can explore the village and settle into one of the cafes well known and admired for their home-made ice-cream. You will then have the opportunity to enjoy a final swim near Ucagız Village, before the drive back to Kalkan.

Side: Full-Day Trip to Eagle Canyon and Selge Ancient City

6. Side: Full-Day Trip to Eagle Canyon and Selge Ancient City

Your adventure will begin when you’re picked up in an air-conditioned minibus from your hotel in Side. Your first stop will will be near Koprucay River, where you’ll take a refreshing break, eat a delicious lunch, and enjoy 45 minutes to wander at your leisure. You’ll then travel onwards and make a stop at an ancient Roman bridge to take some stunning photos and learn about its history from your expert guide. Next, you’ll arrive in the ancient city of Selge, where you’ll have 40 minutes to soak up the unique atmosphere and hear stories from you guide.  After stopping at the Roman Aquaducts for another photo session, you’ll then drive on to the area of Eagle Canyon, embarking on a short hike with your guide to reach the canyon together. After exploring this fascinating location, you’ll then begin the drive home, arriving back at your hotel at around 5 PM with memories that will last a lifetime.

Historical Antalya: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

7. Historical Antalya: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Go on a journey through the history of Antalya on a full-day private sightseeing tour, traveling by luxury air-conditioned vehicle. Following a pick-up from your hotel, start with a leisurely walk through the lively streets of Turkey’s most important city for tourism. Antalya was once Turkey's fastest growing city - it has been usurped by Istanbul - and the multitude of high rise apartment blocks are evidence of this speedy growth. However, the center of Antalya is a different story, where new development and restoration of historic buildings is carefully controlled. Despite its growth, Antalya maintains a small town feel, with lovely Ottoman houses. Next, drive to the Düden Waterfalls, formed by the Düden River, one of the major rivers in southern Anatolia. See where the waters of the Lower Düden fall off a rocky cliff directly into the Mediterranean Sea. Continue to the ruins of Aspendos, and admire the best-preserved theater of antiquity, which once provided seating for up to 7,000 eager spectators. The last site on your tour is the ancient Greek city of Perge, once the capital of Pamphylia, situated between the Rivers Catarrhactes and Cestrus. Walk among the ruins of the theater, churches, palæstra, and Temple of Artemis, once the most eminent building of Perge.

Perge, Aspendos & Side Full-Day Tour from Antalya

8. Perge, Aspendos & Side Full-Day Tour from Antalya

Take an excursion to some of the most important archaeological sights of Anatolia on an 8-hour tour from Antalya. You will visit 3 of the 4 great cities of the Hellenistic period, and cool down at the magnificent Kurşunlu Waterfall on one of the tributaries of the lovely Aksu River. First you will visit Perge, an ancient Greek city founded in the southwest of Anatolia, approximately 9 miles east of modern day Antalya. During the Hellenistic period Perge was the capital of Pamphylia, and one of the 4 great cities that also included Aspendos, Side, and Sillion. It was one of the richest and most beautiful cities in the ancient world, most famous for its temple dedicated to Artemis, the beautiful goddess of wilderness. Home to the renowned Greek mathematician Apollonius of Perge, according to legend, it was also the birthplace of beer. For approximately 450 years, Perge was under the control of the Greeks until the Persians conquered it in 546 BC. 200 years later the armies of Alexander the Great entered Perge, ending the Persian reign. From that time, until the fall of the Roman Empire, Perge was under the patronage of the Romans. With its long history and its combination of 3 different cultures, the ruins are a delight to explore. Continue to Aspendos, approximately 25 miles east of Antalya. Another of the great cities of Pamphylia, Aspendos was located on an important trade route. Alexander the Great’s armies had the city in their sight, finally conquering it in 333 BC. Aspendos then fell under Roman patronage in 930 BC until the end of the Roman Empire. The theatre, built between 161-180 AD during the reign of Marcus Aurelıus, is considered one of the world’s best-preserved theaters from antiquity, and is an immensely popular tourist attraction. Continue to Side. The ancient Greek city’s spectacular natural harbor setting made it one of the most important cities in Pamphylia, and one of the most significant centers for trade, especially of olive oil and slaves. This also made it a target for many invaders and, after the Greeks, the Persians took Side under their wing, eventually giving in to the forces of Alexander the Great’s armies in 333 BC. By the 4th-Century Side had begun to decline. Following non-stop invasions and a succession of natural disasters, the city was completely abandoned in the 10th-Century, leaving behind ruins that are considered among the most notable in Asia Minor. Departing Side, you will make your way back to Antalya, about 45 miles west of the ruins. Arrive back in the Mediterranean sea resort for a hotel drop-off at the end of the tour.

From Antalya: Day Tour of Ancient Roman Sites

9. From Antalya: Day Tour of Ancient Roman Sites

Get picked up from your hotel in Antalya and depart for Perge, the ancient capital of the Pamphylia region. Check out the massive 15 km stretch of ancient ruins there and learn about the city's long history from your knowledgeable guide. Stop at the Roman Baths, the Agora, Colonnaded Street, the Nympharium, and the stadium. Depart for Aspendos, an incredibly well-preserved ancient theater built in the 2nd century AD. Marvel at the scale of the immense structure which has a capacity of 15,000 people and is still being used for festivals and concerts. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant on a nearby river before departing for Side (pronounced Seeday), a beautiful ancient coastal city with a number of Roman ruins. Learn about the history of this port city that served as the largest slave market in the region during Roman times as you explore various ruins, including those of a large theater, Roman Baths, and the Temple of Apollo. Take an hour of free time here to enjoy the sea and the city. On the way back to Antalya, stop at the scenic Manavgat waterfall and marvel at the power of the river.

From Alanya: Side, Aspendos & Manavgat Waterfalls with Lunch

10. From Alanya: Side, Aspendos & Manavgat Waterfalls with Lunch

On this 8-hour trip you’ll head out in the morning for a visit to Aspendos, one of the most important cultural and economic centers of Pamphylia. Every year thousands of people come to see the best well-preserved amphitheater in Turkey, built in 155 with a capacity of 7,000 spectators. Today the amphitheater hosts 10,000 people and shows such as the annual Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival. After lunch you’ll visit the ancient city of Side. The city is located on a peninsula and features ruins of a Roman amphitheater, a columned road, temple to Dionysus, and to a museum in the former Turkish bath. Admire the Temple of Apollo, which is the most beautiful site in Side, situated by the sea on the ancient harbor. On the way back to Alanya you’ll stop to visit the Manavgat Waterfalls. This is a place of exceptional natural beauty and fresh, clean air. You’ll see pine forests, waterfalls, and a river replete with trout and turtles.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 55 reviews

One of the best tours I have taken. Organization/logistics was on point: time of pick up was as stated, reasonable time given at locations to see around, lunch was very good. The van/minibus was very comfortable as well and the drive went smooth with good music. Guide was excellent. Sites were very impressive. Even though it was very cold and windy it was a very very nice day due to all activities!! Definitely a tour to take with this company. (One additional plus side: for this tour we did not do a stop at a local shop/vendor, so this was highly appreciated after having several tours shortened the exploration time at sites due to a 30-40 min detour for an expensive shop).

There was a slight confusion as to pick up times but everything else was near perfect on the trip. I wanted to visit all these places with a taxi but this was definitely the better option mainly due to Ibrahim who is the best tour guide I have experienced. I wanted to visit the Kursunloo waterfall but we went to another waterfall. Nonetheless, we made several other stops which made up for it I guess. I would definitely use this company again. There were plenty of loo breaks and even a stop for lunch which all helped my pregnant wife. This was the best day of my holiday!

El guía era muy competente y pudimos ver todo con detalle, el tiempo libre en cada parada era el adecuado y nunca nos llevaron a comprar cosas. La comida estuvo bien, pollo con arroz, ensalada y sopa en un restaurante lugareño incluido en el precio del viaje menos bebidas. El conductor era tranquilo y nos vinieron a recoger al hotel. Sin duda recomendo este viaje.

We had a great time touring around Side, Aspendos, and Perge. We didn't know that we are going to have a private tour today and our guide made it all fun. Will definitely re-book next time. Thank you!

It was an interesting and a very pleasant trip. The lunch was good and the guide was professional and very attentive to tourists.